Saturday's schedule begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. at exhibitors' booths, the children's LEAP area at Hill and Main and the live local music at Bird and Main.

Many exhibitors who will be selling their old-fashioned items at the Oct. 21 and 22 Autumn Historic Folklife Festival along Hannibal’s North Main Street are eager to return year after year, according to Michael Gaines, executive director of the sponsoring Hannibal Arts Council.

“The thing with folklife is that most exhibitors want to come back each year, so we don’t always have a lot of room for new vendors,” Gaines said, adding this is a “sign of a good festival. … Vendors want to come back, because our community supports them, and they have great sales.”

Nauvoo on the Road in the living history category is among new exhibitors this year, Gaines said. The farmer’s market will have an additional vendor, and several new exhibitors will sell their jewelry, metal works and other items.

“Attendees can expect to see weaving and spinning, pottery, candles, leather work, furniture makers, carving, jewelry, painting and drawing, and a variety of other arts and fine crafts,” Gaines said. “Over 80 exhibitors from all over the Midwest will have unique, handmade products for sale.”

Saturday’s schedule begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. at exhibitors’ booths, the children’s LEAP area at Hill and Main and the live local music at Bird and Main. The latter is also the location of the Street Pub with Deschutes Brewery. These events will continue all day Sunday until the festival ends at 4 p.m.

Saturday’s entertainers include:

11 a.m. - Salvation Army Brass Band – North Stage – Booth 80

11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Judy Schmidt and Friends – South Stage –Booth 121

3 p.m. – Not Ever Ready For Prime Time Players – North Stage - Booth 80

A special event on Sunday will be an old-time church service at 9:30 a.m. on Bird Street, led by First Christian Church. It is planned before the festival opening time of 10 a.m., so vendors may attend.

One new musician making his Hannibal festival debut is folk singer/songwriter Chris Vallillo. He will perform at noon and 3 p.m. Sunday at Booth 121.

Sunday’s entertainers also include:

1 p.m. – Hometown Rhythm – Center and Main

1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Judy Schmidt and Friends - North Stage – Booth 80

2 p.m. – Salvation Army Brass Band – North Stage - Booth 80

2 p.m. – RagTag – South Stage - Booth 121

Festival foods are among the best-sellers, with local organizations attracting people to their booths with their traditional recipes. This year’s foods and booth numbers are:

BBQ – Pleasant View Cemetery – 90; Beer Bread – Eula Mainland King’s Daughters – 84; Bread Pudding - Hannibal Business Women of Missouri – 120; Caramel Apples - Project Graduation – 25; Catfish Sandwich - Knights of Columbus – 110; Cheese Soup - St. John’s Lutheran School PTL – 32;

Chicken and Noodles - Preceptor Zeta Pi - Beta Sigma Phi – 35; Cinnamon Rolls – Clover Road Christian Church - 107; Cookies - United Way (2016 Best of Show) – 4; Fried Oreos – Hannibal History Museum Foundation – 108; Funnel Cakes - St. John’s Lodge 28 – 132; Green Beans/Chocolate Fudge Cake/Cranberry Tea - CRD Circle of Kings Daughters – 79; Hot Dogs/Chili Dogs - Boy Scout Troop 106 – 131; Kettle Corn - Hydesburg United Methodist Church – 41; Knackwurst/Bratwurst Sandwich - Hannibal Rotary Club – 101/102; Pies - First Church of the Nazarene – 106; Soft Pretzels – The Salvation Army – 85; Turkey Legs - Hannibal Masonic Lodge No. 188 – 44.

Gaines reported that the Folklife Festival is sponsored by the HAC along with major sponsors HNB Bank and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. For more information contact the HAC at 573-221-6545,, or view the festival page at

Reach reporter Bev Darr at